Clothes that have been made for the purpose of exercise are very comfortable to wear around the house. But yoga pants and and cute gym sweaters should be saved for your personal training sessions. Sure, you may be physically active during your day so you have the need to wear your workout gear on a commute or around the house, that’s fine. On your way to work you may break a little sweat and are slightly out of breath and you get to work feeling comfortable, refreshed and satisfied. At work, you may use a stability ball in place of a chair to perch on and walk on the treadmill during your conference calls. At home, you may do squats while waiting for the kettle to boil, dancing for cardio in the mirror or muscle toning exercises with heavy objects while doing housework.
Purpose of Exercise Clothing:
- To allow sweat to disperse
- To allow freedom of movement
- To secure body parts in place
- To stand out from the crowd
If you are choosing to take up exercise seriously, then congratulations! Go you! Here is some advice on how and why we dress like we do when taking part in personal exercise training.
Choosing the Clothing
Exercise clothing tends to be unique in style, made from lycra (skin-tight) and minimal coverage. You wouldn’t usually wear these type of clothes unless you were working out, therefore, it’s good practice to have a set of clothes and trainers dedicated to exercise training.
Your exercise clothing needs to be duty-bound to do their job well and make exercise comfortable for all of your body parts. If you are training and working out in near the roads, reflective tape on the sides is a good thing so cars can see you. Exercise clothes let everyone know that you are partaking in training, otherwise they may suspect you are running from your ex. You will need to wash them after every workout.
Things to consider:
- Fit – how the material fits your body shape
- Material – the type of fabric used
- Style – how cool you look
Considering the fit
Fit is critical when it comes to workout exercise clothing because you will be moving and getting into all sorts of positions. A lot more than you usually do. The best exercise clothing fits you securely at the waist. But not so tightly that it lodges in your skin. If it’s too loose it can fall off, if its too tight it can cut circulation and cause chaffing. The right exercise clothing is form-fitting to minimise rub. Wide elastics are usually more comfortable than thin ones when it comes to workout exercise clothing. The best exercise clothing is seamless to discourage chafing and streaks.
It’s inevitable that your trainer will make you sweat everywhere, up there, down there and around there.
Moisture wicking means that any wetness from sweat Cotton and non-performance synthetics are not suitable for exercise training at a high level. Many beginners wear the baggiest cotton t-shirt they can find. The problem with this is that is you will get really hot and uncomfortable, get caught in machines or blown up in the wind.
Don’t get your t-shirt blown up, instead, look for exercise clothing made from fabrics such as Lycra, Nylon, Spandex or Elastane, which stays put, wick moisture away from the skin and allow air to flow.
These fabrics are stretchy and move with you — especially important when you’re doing Downward-Facing Dog, kicking a punching bag or shimmying your hips in dance aerobics.
Exercise clothing that rides, bunches up or grips in all the wrong places can ruin a workout for you. This may deter you from coming back to your trainer. Some styles of exercise clothing might be prone to causing wedgies, friction, or lack of oxygen flow, the best way to find what works best for you is to experiment with your body. The best workout exercise clothing is so comfortable you forget it’s even there! “Am I naked? No, just exercising. Phew!”
The purpose of the unique style and fabric is to allow your body to effectively diffuse heat. As you exercise, you raise your body temperature and produce heat through your movement. By keeping your body temperature at a lower, more manageable level, the body works better. At a constant temperature of 36.8 degrees your body’s enzymes and muscles work better. The cooler you stay the better you will exercise and the easier and more enjoyable the workout will be!
The structure, elasticity and lightness of the clothing and fabrics will allow you to exercise effectively by allowing free movement, preventing excessive water loss potentially leading to dehydration and a feeling of ‘comfortably cool’ as you train.
Underwear Style Matters
Whether you choose a yoga pants, leggings, full-coverage body suit, shorts, a bikini or a thong is largely a matter of personal preference. What you do want to consider is what feels and looks best under your shorts, wheezes or capris. Waistband Height is also important, as you don’t want the top of your thong winking at people as you do forward bends. If you are a supporter of thongs, you might think twice about wearing it in a high-intensity cardio class such as cycling or during a run. The thong may slip and slide around into the wrong places as you work out, causing rope-burn and friction; this can leave you susceptible to bacterial and urinary tract infections (UTI’s).
Wear Less and Exercise More
Going ‘commando’ is a perfectly conventional way to avoid underwear problems during exercise. It can be more comfortable, particularly if you wear workout clothes made from wicking fabric. In other cases, you may not have to invest in a separate pair of undies. Some of the best exercise clothing comes built into your workout shorts or pants. These panty inserts fit well, wick moisture and show no lines or maybe nothing at all.
Choosing the Right Trainers
Sports Trainers come in many forms, and for good reason – everybody needs something different from a trainer. Whether it be more arch support, cushioning or grip. So every trainer is shaped differently to cover the wide spectrum of sporting needs.
The best workout trainers for you will depend on a few factors:
- your arch highness
- your foot wideness
- heel shape
- foot length
To get the best advice possible, there are specialist sports shoe shops to guide you to the right trainer for you according to your needs. Trainers can have a big impact on injury prevention, so it’s recommended that you spend some time looking for the perfect trainer before you start training seriously.